Cruz Fest Course Preview

Apr 23, 2015
by Fest Series  
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The 2015 Fest Series is officially here and kicking off in style with the the first annual Cruz Fest. One of the three additions to the Fest Series for 2015, Cruz Fest is the first time the Fest Series had set foot on US soil. The hosts Kyle Jameson, Ryan (R-Dog) Howard, and Jeff Herbertson, have contributed their dirt jump background and building style to the new addition. The event is being held on private property in the hills of Santa Cruz County. The land has been open to the Fest crew by the Swan family (#swanpound). Spectating is not open to the public, due to the isolated location. Stay tuned to the Fest Series for more content all week.

Fest Series - Cruz Fest Image


"The guys just killed it, it’s got so much flow. Starts up at the top real tight, then opens up at the bottom and by the time you finish you’re hitting huge jumps and going faster than you ever have. My impression of the course is that it's perfect." - Dustin Gilding


"It's a backyard jump jam with all your buddies, the best times ever." - Curtis Robinson



"The spots insane. People are motivated, everyone's laughing and having a good time. I love it." - Nico Vink


Cruz Fest was made possible with the support of Clif Bar, Five Ten, Deity Components, Kali Protectives and Smith Optics. Thanks to them, the good times will keep rolling out.

For fresh Fest shirts - check out the Fest Web Store.

MENTIONS: @TheFEST / @makken / @tobycowley / @deityusa / @KaliProtectives / @SmithOptics / @FiveTen

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  • 248 18
 Fest > FMB
  • 75 1
 When you can hit the jumps on motos, you're doing something right!
  • 26 9
 FEST over everything!
  • 60 7
 This event seems awesome. Pretty predictable comment though - simply because the fest organizers have been bashing the fmb for awhile, it seems to rub off on the general public. I'm guessing you don't watch crankworx and enjoy the other fmb events? They each serve a purpose: fest by building bigger jumps, the fmb by pushing the trick scene.
  • 36 14
 FMB is just a DJ comp.
  • 13 3
 I couldn't hit that jump on a moto, still dont think i am doing something wrong, just beeing human....
  • 10 5
 FMB is too mainstream for some of us I see.
  • 31 1
 Fest is also DJ, but with xl jumps and DH bikes.
  • 14 2
 Not sure if everyone's seen this but here's a quick vid of everyone getting used to the jumps
  • 38 1
 I dont understand this hating between different disciplines... bikes are fun!
  • 6 6
 i see no hating here
  • 2 1
 Thanx clackbot.
  • 4 1
 @clackbot yyyeyeeyewwwwwwww looks like andreu is dialled omg
  • 5 4
 FEST is best, ya watch it, and ya just get fucking stoked to get out in the woods with your homies and build sick shit, then shred it. No competition, no bullshit, just good times getting rad with the boys. What its all about
  • 3 1
 felt like i was going to slow *proceeds to flip it* Herb is such a badass!!!
  • 2 1
 Classic Kyle J, still hitting the shits he loves.
  • 1 0
 Anyone got a link to the vid of the moto? I saw it on fb but now I can't find it
  • 2 2
 Best. Series. EVER!
  • 2 5
 Oh knock off the FEST vs. FMB stupid bullshit. Every single one of you pussy cvnt bitches watches all the FMB shit & you love it. They're both great things, both taking the sport in the right direction. We should be thankful for both. Hopefully FEST can grow into something that brings in more money & more opportunity for everyone.
  • 115 0
  • 12 0
 I don't get it either. I watch some of these pro-level falls and think to myself "That would have killed me".
  • 2 0
 I'm assuming with soft dirt and a perfectly built step-over jump. Physics is awesome.
  • 2 0
 I understand not getting hurt when you land on the transition, but explain to me the physics of slamming into the backside of a giant jump while doing a backflip! I would be dead and so would you.
  • 2 0
 Yeah if the jump was built for a Rage Film's spring shoot (ala Derek Spong's crash) any mortal would be dead without question. Thankfully, the builders of these FEST jumps are a few more years into the future educated and seem to be the best in the industry at it. Jumps like these, while massive, are much safer than the poorly built jumps in years past. Or all pro riders are from the planet Krypton. The latter does make more sense after watching Andreu's crash.
  • 66 1
 Thanks KJ and the boys, for progression, being rad, bike life.
  • 21 2
 did you noticed that andreu has no clothes sponsors? just sayin
  • 3 0
 He's been riding topless in magazine shots.
  • 60 0
 I'd like to help fund this series, sell me a shirt!
  • 14 0
 Yeah!!!!! I want a fest shirt soooooo bad!!!
  • 16 0
 i'd replace all my shirts with fest shirts!
  • 5 1

Just ordered one, that take the paypals and free shipping to the UK, not sure about north america though.
  • 1 0
 Ah ya, ordered mine. Ill be a big ol poser but at least my $ is in those wicked fest hands!
  • 29 0
 So Andreu has only be warming up these past couple of days? Holy shit! Can't wait to see what he has in store once he starts properly!!!!
  • 22 0
 I do not possess the language skills / vocabulary necessary to describe how excited I am!
  • 8 0
 I do, but the words are all 4 letters long. In the interest of keeping this site family friendly I'll refrain from using them.
  • 6 10
flag freeriderayward (Apr 24, 2015 at 0:41) (Below Threshold)
 I appreciate your courtesy, the dopes in this video obviously don't share the same courtesy. I had to mute it after the first 5 or more.

Pinkbike how come you censor some vids but not others?
  • 23 5
 I think I am more excited for the FEST series than Rampage.
  • 25 8
 Rampage should just be a FEST stop!
  • 10 0
 It seemed like that last year a bit.
  • 11 0
 wanted to see someone flow the whole line
  • 50 0
 you will very soon
  • 12 1
  • 11 1
 Shirts stickers how can we support this??? You've brought the biking community what it craves to see. Cheers
  • 4 1
 Same here, I want to buy stuff to support you !
  • 6 0
 @TheFEST what's the best way to help you guys keep this going? Take me $ sir's!
  • 3 0
 So many shirt and sticker sales can be made. Just sell em through pinkbike and take our PayPal's.
  • 2 0
 Shut up and take my PayPal's
  • 3 0
 Ordered my tshirt, free shipping. $30-40, Sure its 2x as I'd normally pay for a shirt but I'm down w/fest series!
  • 1 0
 when is cruz fest full video coming online?
  • 1 0
 Proly been getn rained on...felt like I was in the pnw riding san juan trail today/oc
  • 10 1
 Would be mint if they could just leave some go-pros streaming wifi around the track on a live feed for this !
  • 9 1
 Andreu is going to win Rampage again. Book it. The guy is a savage.
  • 6 0
 Aggy's Revenge.
  • 1 0
 Aggy is a beast also. I hope to see many podiums for that man. He is awesome.
  • 6 0
 Man... What I wouldn't give to hit jumps like that! I have to build something like that hip to the left... So saucy!
  • 9 3
 spectating is not open to the public? weird
  • 11 2
 It's on private property and liability insurance for spectators was too much money
  • 23 1
 What a shit world we live in when liability insurance is required for spectating. Frown
  • 7 0
 Seems to be the trend with the fest stuff as most of them seem to be non-spectator. Stoked for the one in Kamloops where it's held at the ranch and (presumably) open to the public!
  • 7 2
 hands down best thing in MTB right now. nothing gets me more motivated to build and ride than this
  • 7 1
 Finally something FEST.
  • 6 1
 Cant wait to see makken shred!
  • 5 0
 So excited for this!
  • 11 7
 Lacondugy could be a porn star with balls that big ! ^^
  • 6 12
flag angrynipples (Apr 23, 2015 at 14:30) (Below Threshold)
 imagining Lacondeguy as a porn star just made me question my sexuality for minute there...
  • 2 0
 Fvck me Andreu is just a fvckin' demon. Flip & 3 combos on that big floaty shit & he boosts a massive flat 3 with a moto in tow? That guy's got sump'm I wish I had.
  • 5 2
 1:58 mary jane makes a guest appearance
  • 4 1
 Wish they would live stream this....
  • 3 0
 Anyone know when this event is going off? I gotta see this
  • 1 11
flag parallaxid (Apr 23, 2015 at 12:52) (Below Threshold)
 Santa Cruz, California, Bro
  • 11 2
 words are hard, Bro.
  • 2 0
 Not where...WHEN
  • 2 1
 now, as this is an event held during the whole week (this week) you wont see any live footage. You just can wait patiently here on pb or stalk every rider on fb and inatagram and check every mtb online every five minutes to see what are they are up to
  • 2 0
 I cant understand how they just casually bail huge jumps like that, and walk away laughing.. insane
  • 11 1
 Well built jumps and total control on and off the bike. Crashing is actually a skill and an art form, much like riding.
  • 2 0
 Must be bracing or taping ankles or just be so flexible from former tears and sprains.
  • 1 0
 I have been to the Swanpound. It is insane! The only gap I could hit was transferring from a table into an adjacent berm (its a moto track)
  • 2 0
 Down right.....the best Dirt Gnar!
  • 3 0
 it's. about. dang. time.
  • 3 0
 sweet! keep em coming
  • 1 0
 Any day 2 highlights? Saw day 1 (warm-up/practice) on vital. Wonder if they got rain
  • 1 0
 Answered my own says product list but that's what I got after clicking/seeing day2 photo page;
  • 1 0
 I wna see a moto style whip(bb facing the sky) on a dh bike someday, if not at this fest!
  • 4 3
 Makkens laugh, legendary!
  • 3 1
 Fast and LOOOOSE!
  • 2 0
 added to favorites
  • 1 0
 Killing it yewww gotta love Santa Cruz!!!!
  • 1 0
 How does someone go watch this? I live not too far away
  • 1 0
 Cruz Fest is like Christmas for a kid
  • 1 0
 Who edited that vid?! AWE-SOME.
  • 2 1
 yeeeee booooiiiiiii
  • 4 3
 Beevis and Butthead
  • 1 0
 So freakin sick.
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
  • 1 0
 ..hard core \m/
  • 1 0
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